In Lake Tahoe 10/1/16 in this and was extremely satisfied, light weight
Ran the Spartan Beast in Lake Tahoe 10/1/16 in this and was extremely satisfied, light weight, low profile and durable. The Velcro worked well and never came loose, only knock is if you use the dust cap the holder doesn't work, I brought my own Velcro strip to hold it in place while I ran. Overall great buy and will use it in all of the longer Spartan runs and in training. Also since there are no pockets I filled 3/4 full and there was plenty of room to put a Ziploc bag with my energy beans, salt tabs and beef jerky.
Simple, streamlined, perfect solution
If you are looking for a ligthtweight alternative to a Camelbak, this is for you. If you are a petite person (I'm 5' and 100 lbs) frustrated by gear that is too big and therefore chafes and throws you off balance, this is for you. It's easy to put on, easy to wear, and easy to clean. The bite straw is efficient and easily tucks into the elastic loops. You can put a phone in the pack with the bladder if you are in an area with low humidity (due to condensation); just seal the cap well. The only catch-22 is that the super adjustable and sturdy velcro on the straps can snag your shirt if you don't align them perfectly.
Customer service is PHENOMENAL!
I purchased my DolfinPack mainly for Spartan OCRs and for my long runs. I researched several different brands and found this one to be a great fit for my needs. I have had it for about 7 months and I absolutely love how lightweight this product is, the material is breathable (need that in a Florida!) and it does the job. I did have to request a replacement after 6 months when I noticed that the seams started coming apart on one side and the strap began ripping. However, I still give this product 5 stars because the customer service is PHENOMENAL because within 24 hours of putting in my initial request (on a Sunday, no less) my replacement was already on its way to me. One thing I do wish it did have was an exterior pocket for fuel and/or keys so I don't have to put in the main pocket with my hydration pack.
Great pack for Spartan and other OCR races!
Son wanted to do a Spartan Race, but he has Type 1 diabetes and needed a pack that could carry supplies and withstand the rigors of the race. Spent several hours researching pack options and happened to see an excellent review of this pack on YouTube.
The pack is small, lightweight, and fits comfortably on the back with minimal slippage during the race. The neoprene material doesn't soak up water adding unnecessary weight. The velcro closure was tight and prevented anything falling out of the pack. The bottom drain holes worked perfectly in all water events - each hole is grommeted to protect against tearing or ripping. I couldn't find any other pack that had this absolutely essential self-draining feature. Although the pack was small, there was ample room for the 1.5L bladder, diabetic supplies, and snacks.
Will use this for all future races and have recommended it highly to other OCR racers. Very satisfied with this purchase. Item arrived quickly and was well-packaged.
I bought this for my grandson for his birthday. He and his dad go on long hikes so this make things so much easier now that he doesn't have to carry his water bottle! It is very light weight.
This pack is great on long runs
This pack is great on long runs. Stays in place, doesn't bounce around and keeps me hydrated. It is great because it allows me to stay ahead of my hydration, in the past I'd just deal with the side effects- which is not a good option
On the suggestion of a friend, I ordered this for the Spartan Super. I am small (5'3", 118 lbs.) and many other hydration packs are too bulky, take on too much water (during obstacles), or chafe. This pack is awesome! Extremely low profile with soft straps. It velcros across the front just under the breasts.
Note that there is no zipper pocket for fuel, but in the large pouch which contains the bladder, I put chews, gel, and a protein bar no problem. My Spartan teammate had that in hers plus compression sleeves and gloves.
don't know it is on my back!
I do SUP. It is very well made out of neoprene. Excellent for water sports like SUP. It holds enough water ...about 1.5 L.
Even when full I do not notice it is on my back. It does not slide when paddling. Most of the times I do not wear a T shirt and there is no chafing. You can still fit your cellphone and keys. Will buy it again. thanks
Lightweight, small, and easy to run with!
So I have only used this once, but I really loved my first experience with it! I have had others in the past and like so many elements of this one way better. I use this for longer distance runs or will use in the summer when its too hot to run without water.
I like the material, it feels very water friendly for all the sweat that I get on it ;) It was very lightweight and didn't jiggle around at all! Even the water in the bladder didn't bother me, I couldn't hear it over my tunes playing. I am slightly worried that the velcro will wear out, but I'll cross that bridge if it happens then!
The mouthpiece is very easy to bit down on and there is a on/off switch which is a really nice feature.
The position on the chest may be a little funky for women with larger breasts. While my chest is rather small, I did not have this issue, but due to the placement of the straps, I'm not sure if they would fit well under larger ones or make them uncomfortable?
But overall I like how small and lightweight this is! Perfect for just the right amount of water needed for a 2-3 hour run :)
Great for Spartans
I bought this for a Spartan race and it worked very well. The velcro fasteners worked well for keeping it high on my back and not bouncing around. The dust cover is key for not getting a muddy mouthpiece to drink from. Plus the holes in the back drain out all the water and mud.
is easy to fill and nice looking
This has saved me during the heat wave we've had in the Northeast - it's light, is easy to fill and nice looking. Great product
lightweight, secure, quality
My son gets so hot and dehydrated running. He asked me to find something that wouldn't bounce around. This has great padded straps and a cross strap to make sure it doesn't slosh around. He does need to make sure he gets ALL the air out before starting to run. He calls it burping the dolphin. Nice wide opening to clean it out. I put paper towels inside to let it air dry
Rides perfect while stand up paddling
Perfect for paddle boarding with the close fit and drain holes. No more lugging around bottles.
Great water pack for an active lifestyle.
I have been using it for trail running and have not had any problems with it rubbing or bouncing.
The only thing I can see it needing is a pouch to place energy chews.
Perfect for skiing or snowboarding
I use this pack for skiing and it fits perfect - high enough on my back that I don't even feel it on the chair lift. It feels too tight with layers of clothing underneath but I usually just leave the straps loose. I am 6'1" and 180 pounds.